I easily got stain sample directly from Defy however I bought an oil based water cleanup product from a chain home improvement store for the convenience. Unfortunately, the Cabot went on splotchy and was very opaque even though it was a semi-transparent formula. Also, the color was not a good match from the in-store tinting. I ended up not using it and went with the Defy. It went on the way I expected stain to. I am very happy with the result. I was staining new deck rails and pickets and a picnic table.